You know what the difference is between regular people and “newsmakers” (i.e., either rich people or elected officials)? When you or I espouse some so-crazy-it-just-might-work idea — say, the government paying off its debt by minting a trillion-dollar platinum coin — we get made fun of on web discussion boards. When a newsmaker does it, even if all they do is mention it idly in the middle of a talk about something else, it, well, makes news.
And so you have Steve Cushman, a San Diego power broker who’s served as a mayoral aide and as the city’s port commissioner, telling the local PBS station, “If we don’t come up with a solution [for the Chargers stadium battle], I am very concerned they are going to leave San Diego, so I think Qualcomm should be on the table.” On the table as in renovating Qualcomm, or rebuilding anew while putting up new retail and housing on the site, or what? Cushman didn’t say, and KPBS didn’t ask, though he did say “I believe it’s possible” to do it — whatever it is — without taxpayer money.
KPBS’s web article also notes that Doug Manchester, owner of the alleged newspaper U-T San Diego and all-around crazy guy, has recently begun talking fondly of the Qualcomm site, telling a breakfast Q&A session at San Diego State University firmly if ungrammatically, “If you give me $200 million, and I’ll fix Qualcomm Stadium.” How? And does that mean $200 million in total renovation costs, or subsidies he’d need to make a deal work?
Manchester didn’t say, and he didn’t have to. Details like that are for the little people to work out, not newsmakers. And not, apparently, journalists, either.